Title

An International Analysis of Holiday Food Preparation in Elderly Kentucky, New Zealand, and Thailand Women

Start Time

30-10-2004 8:30 AM

End Time

30-10-2004 10:00 AM

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to describe the meaning of holiday food preparation in women of Kentucky (Christmas), New Zealand (Christmas), and Thailand (Thai New Year) who were 65 or more years of age and still involved with their families. International multi-site research provides occupational science, not only with fuller theoretical descriptions of particular occupations, but also with tests of its broad theoretical assumptions, which may or may not emanate from the cultural origins of the science and prove a poor fit with other cultures.

Each country ran a minimum of three focus groups with an average for six participants each, resulting in a total of 336 pages of interview data. At the SSO: USA Meeting of 2003, a review across disciplines of the history, challenges, and epistemological questions raised by cross-cultural methods was presented as the basis for this international research team’s design of its approach.

This year’s presentation will offer the results of analysis using a qualitative derived etic approach. Data was double coded by researchers from different cultures using Ethnograph. Analysis used an initial coding scheme developed across sites, a lead researcher generating analytic memos, and multi-site development of the interpretation via the Internet.

Results will be reported in terms of the similarities and differences across cultures in how tradition, time, change, relationships, places, foods and objects played a part in the older woman’s experience and construction of the meaning of holiday food preparation. The difficulties, benefits, and pragmatics of international multi-site research will also be briefly presented.

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An International Analysis of Holiday Food Preparation in Elderly Kentucky, New Zealand, and Thailand Women

The purpose of this study was to describe the meaning of holiday food preparation in women of Kentucky (Christmas), New Zealand (Christmas), and Thailand (Thai New Year) who were 65 or more years of age and still involved with their families. International multi-site research provides occupational science, not only with fuller theoretical descriptions of particular occupations, but also with tests of its broad theoretical assumptions, which may or may not emanate from the cultural origins of the science and prove a poor fit with other cultures.

Each country ran a minimum of three focus groups with an average for six participants each, resulting in a total of 336 pages of interview data. At the SSO: USA Meeting of 2003, a review across disciplines of the history, challenges, and epistemological questions raised by cross-cultural methods was presented as the basis for this international research team’s design of its approach.

This year’s presentation will offer the results of analysis using a qualitative derived etic approach. Data was double coded by researchers from different cultures using Ethnograph. Analysis used an initial coding scheme developed across sites, a lead researcher generating analytic memos, and multi-site development of the interpretation via the Internet.

Results will be reported in terms of the similarities and differences across cultures in how tradition, time, change, relationships, places, foods and objects played a part in the older woman’s experience and construction of the meaning of holiday food preparation. The difficulties, benefits, and pragmatics of international multi-site research will also be briefly presented.